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NewBernNow.Com Celebrates Its 100th Podcast


Last week “New Bern Now” celebrated the 100th episode of their bi-monthly podcast, which covers all things happening around

We had a great time celebrating the 100th show! We really appreciate everyone for listening and we couldn’t do it without “The Podsquad”! Listen to find out if we talked about you, your business, or nonprofit… George Oliver Susan Moffat-Thomas City of New Bern, NC Government The Reactive Voice, LLC Discovery Map Crystal Coast Greater Good Gallery New Bern Historical Society Kathy Morrison Oliver & Cheek, PLLC New Bern Sporting Goods #podcastnewbern 

To listen to the latest celebratory episode, click the link below.

100th Podcast



Branching Out


When I left you last week, I noted my news spread for the Newport Voice. This month I put the spotlight on Tiffany Elaine and all of the hard work she is doing in promoting local artists in her area, by way of hosting several open mic events each week at venues near and far, to the singer/ songwriter’s home along the Crystal Coast.

As part of my work with the paper, I have kept busy this week distributing the press coverage and meeting new talent.

First Stop Shortway Brewing Co~ Newport, NC

It was a fun Monday night at Shortway Brewing Co, 230 Chatham St. Newport, NC, with a room full of talent. Also adding a nice surprise on the night, it was free taco night, where they served a variety of tacos and sides plus chips and salsa too.

Besides the good beer and the free food, I will reiterate, the room was also filled with talent. We heard music from a master and one of the founders of the long-running Pickin’ n Grinning Festival here in New Bern. Following Bob’s set, we got to enjoy the young Mackenzie Webb, a 13-year-old with a powerful voice and an ear for music. I also had the pleasure of meeting Brian and Pat Till, a husband and wife duo that offer bluegrass and more. Their band WireGrass is a quartet offering country bluegrass and Americana stylings.

Shortway Brewing Company is the place to be, the second and fourth Monday of the month. That is when Tiffany Elaine welcomes jammers to the front to display their talent. Come out to enjoy a fresh brewed beer and delight in the talent that comes from all around! Other things to check out throughout the week include 30 Second Rocks on Wednesday Nights, Cigar Night on Thursday night and open mic twice monthly.

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Morris Willis at Ribeyes in Beaufort, NC



I stopped in Ribeyes of Beaufort on Tuesday night and enjoyed the music of Morris Willis, who was offering great favorites from the 50’s and 60’s. It was delightful to see his friends enjoy the show and dance the night away. Morris Willis knows all of the great classics and has quite a story to tell of days on the road. I look forward to hearing more about Willis’ story via his lovely wife Liz Willis. She was running his sound as he performed for the crowd which gathered in the bar area.  For anyone who would love to listen to this fun player, you are invited to stop by each and every Tuesday to catch him rocking the lounge. The food is wonderful and the service is warm, friendly and fast too. Anyone in the market for a fine one-man band, give Morris a call at 252-241-7912 or 252-241-7812



Crystal Coast Brewery in Atlantic Beach, NC

Offers and Beer and Music Buzz

On Tuesday night I spent some more time with Elaine, as she hosted an open mic at Crystal Coast Brewing Company in Atlantic Beach. This was the place where I first became inspired to write about her good work and mission for other music makers. Here again was another fun night of great musicianship. Here again, was another example of not knowing what to expect. The night was welcomed in by a few songs offered by the singer-songwriter herself. She then turns it over to her band of friends, one by one introducing each as they approach. She is a wonderful hostess and makes it worth showing up to play, no matter where she goes.

When I walked in, Steve Mehan was at the mic, they have a kinship that is based on a music foundation. Following Mehan’s exit, Elaine joined Fernando Rivera. The pair of music makers has a fun duo project called Now or Never. This is where they found a way to blend her country drawl and his hip-hop act together, for a fresh sound that I think will appeal to many.

Next up we were entertained by another fun duo with blues and rock roots, Mike and Lisa Autry were joined by their friend visiting from Clayton, NC to offer a melodic set of popular songs thick on three-part harmonies. Following their set, I spoke with the couple, who told me they are newly settled in the coastal region but had bands in other regions. They are just growing some roots and are looking forward to finding like-minded players around these parts. Until that falls into place they are content to entertain you as a duo and even trio.

 You can check them out tomorrow night in the same place I met them. They will be providing the entertainment from 8-11 pm at Crystal Coast Brewing Co. Located at 219 W Fort Macon Dr., in Atlantic Beach, NC. This brewery spot is a transformed Wings Store, with a fine appeal for anyone in the mood for good music and freshly brewed beer.


Dakini Band In Da House from Wilkes-Barre, PA

Before the night was over it was a family affair of jamming with the Dakini Band, visiting our coast from Wilkes-Barre, PA region. The father Nate Boyer brought his two sons to the stage first for a few jams, one offered sounds from the six-string while the older boy Skyler offered the bass. Next up came cousin Roger Boyer who we have met here before, also on Vacay from PA. Once that concluded it was Nate and his brother plus his son Skyler offering a real dose of Dakini sound bites. They are a fun jam band worth checking out:

Dakini Band on Facebook


The Dusty Trio In Morehead City



Before leaving the coast, I stopped in on Hank Barbee and the Dusty Trio who were offering the smooth sounds of surf and swing at the Arendell Room this past Tuesday. The bar has a cool vibe and the band sounded great. Tonight you can find Hank solo at Snapperz in Morehead City, working the bar from 6-9 during the dinner hour. Tomorrow he will be rocking Church Street Deli & Pub, 105 W Church St., Swansboro, NC, with music being served from 7-10 pm. Next week Barbee is back with the boys in the band and you can keep up to speed by checking out his website:



Getting Down Around Town


Tiffany Elaine and her good friends Steve Mehan and Fernando Rivera will be in town to highlight the new project. Now or Never will all be in town and rocking BrÜtopia 7-10 pm. This show is free.

Checking things out around town, it is time for Footloose on the Neuse at Union Point Park. Music plays from 6:30 -9:00 pm. You are invited to bring the whole family out for a night of fun and music with The Boys From The Carolina Bluegrass Band. There are vendors on site to feed you and help quench your thirst.

Checking out what is going down in the bars around town, here is what I know. Brian Mac will be rocking friends and fans at The Brown Pelican 7-10 pm. Tomorrow Gary Dudley and the Maxxtones will be on tap to rock you from 8-11 pm.  The Brown Pelican is located at 411 Broad St. Music at Circa1810 Bar at the Harvey Mansion this weekend includes Dueling Pianos tonight from 7-11 pm. There is a $5.00 cover charge for music. On Saturday there was a change in music with The Hot Buttered Grits being served on Saturday from 8-11 pm under the tent.  This Sunday from 5-8 pm come out and groove with Steel Shot from 5-8 pm. Over at Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant it’s Monterio Experience tonight 7:00-10 pm. On Sunday, August 19, Joe Brown gets down with his friends and musical brothers from 6-9 pm.

Next up, the newest venue in town,City Stage is offering a night of Backwater Bluegrass with our own family band Strung Together. This event is being hosted by Folks Journal and tickets are $10.00 and you can get yours by following this link:

Tomorrow night it is a Sixties Live Review and Dance Party,  tickets for that event have sold out. Doors open at 5 pm with a pub-style menu and cold drinks waiting for you.


Support Live Music Support Down East Folk Arts





The other event on the schedule tomorrow evening

Down East Folk Arts Presents:

Spook Handy ( a Pete Seeger Protégé) in concert.

Saturday, August 18th  at the Bank of the Arts building

317  Middle Street in downtownNew Bern, N.C.

The show time is 7 to 8:30 pm

Doors open 6:30 with general seating

This is a free show but, donations are suggested and appreciated for this touring artist!

Here is a quick Bio on the artist-

After a few years away, Spook Handy is returning for another DEFAS show! For those of you that are new to Spook, he has performed alongside Pete Seeger 50 plus times at festival and concerts from 2003 to 2013 allowing him intimate access to Pete’s stories behind the songs.

Spook has been traveling throughout the United States, Canada and Europe keeping alive Pete’s tradition with songs from Pete and Woodie Guthrie, as well as a healthy handful of new songs by Spook written under Pete’s tutelage.

Spook has been named Best Folk Artist by Upstage magazine and has written for theater, film and is becoming a well-known speaker and workshop facilitator at festivals and conferences across the country.

Please join us for this intimate gathering with Spook and his great songs and stories.



Live and Local Tryon Palace Beer Festival



TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT for this event, but I mention it since a couple of New Bern base -bands will be featured to rock you!


The Tryon Palace Foundation is celebrating Eastern North Carolina’s best brews at “Live and Local: Tryon Palace Beer Festival” on August 18th at the North Carolina History Center in New Bern, NC, from 5 – 9 PM.

This exciting event will exclusively feature local breweries, locally-owned food trucks, and live music performed by local artists. Feeling crafty? Learn about the brewing process, by seeing a live brew demonstration by a local beer master.

This event is 21+ only and offers two ticketing options. IDs will be checked before the entrance. Festival Ticket includes cover charge, 16 oz souvenir glass, and 12 sample tickets so you can wet your whistle with some delicious brews. If you love what you taste, you will have the option to purchase full pours from the breweries!

Tryon Palace loves Designated Drivers! Take advantage of our “DD – Ticket,” which includes a Tryon Palace koozie and a Pepsi. Event tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Featured breweries include Shortway Brewing Co., Brewery 99, Mill Whistle Brewing, BrÜtopia, Fishtowne Brew House, Crystal Coast Brewing Company, and Tight Lines Pub & Brewing Co.!

Food will be available for purchase from Mari’s Hella Fat Food, 3 Kings Food Truck, and La Cocina Del Coqui Food Truck.

Live music will be provided by Peace Soldier and The Joe Baes Project!

Location: North Carolina History Center

Event Price: $20 in advance, $25 at the door, $8 designated drivers (plus tax). Must be 21 or older to enter. ID required.

All proceeds will benefit the Tryon Palace Foundation.

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Answering the Call

Checking things out around the rest of the region, I ask my Facebook followers each week where we can go to hear them play. This is what they said this week

August 13 at 6:21 PM

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Facebook Events Link

Here are all the great music options for you on Facebook this week. Check out all of the events here and express interest in the ones you like.

Live Music Events Around NC from Facebook

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Thanks for Reading!

Please go out and support live music tonight!  Always call the club in advance to confirm what you read here is true. Many times events change without anyone updating the Facebook event created.

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Take kindness with you today, tip those that serve you and the music makers that rock you and hug people often and share the love. Don’t forget life is short and could end in a moment. Make sure you take time to enjoy the dance. Please party safely people! We love having you here with us! Rely on your sober friends, call a cab or sign up to Uber around!

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